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Maria Papanthymou

Maria spent over 10 years in advertising and research agencies (including ACNielsen, Publicis, BBDO), where she worked mainly as Media Research Director. She completed a dissertation on visual semiotics in 2004 and after that started working as a freelance semiotician with several international companies. She enjoyed the methodology so much that in 2009 she decided to make it her main field of specialization and founded semiotic and cultural research agency LocalTalk. Maria holds Masters (Hons) degree in Sociology and PhD in Social Psychology from State University of Management, Moscow.

Moscow, Russia

Asunción Álvarez

Asunción Álvarez is a Founding Partner at Soluciones Semánticas, a communications consultancy specialising in the analysis and evaluation of business and brand discourse through the use of computational techniques. She holds a B.A. in Computational Linguistics and an M.A. in Cognitive Science from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, as well as a Ph.D. in Philosophy from King’s College London.

Madrid, Spain

Jake Pearce

Born in UK & resident in New Zealand, Jake splits his time between NZ, Australia and Europe.
 His obsessions are understanding the future, new stuff and meaningful communication. Two websites reflect Jake's current interests: 

1. Generation C (digital natives) & innovation at www.jakepearce.com 
2. Referral Marketing www.thevillagesq.com 

 Jake worked at Added Value (the first dedicated brand strategy company), moved to Amsterdam to help set up 'consult, specialist marketing arm of Y&R, then to NZ which, with its cultural vibrancy and can do attitude, he sees as a global incubator for innovation. 


Auckland, New Zealand